I really struggle to get my head round weasels

(286 Posts)
HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:46:52

I've seen them. I know what they look like, and often catch them whizzing across the road at weasel warp speed.

But their size always surprises me. Every time. I know they are small. But when you look at a picture of a weasel or think weasel, you think bigger. You don't think "oh, a weasel. That's a little bigger than a hamster that is". Or I don't. I go, ooooh a weasel. Wow, it's tiny, every time, the surprise never abates.

I struggle with weasel physics. That the actual weasel is not the size of the concept of weasel in my head.

I'm not sure how to fix it. confused

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 19:14:27

Never ever ever ever ever try to touch a badger. Unless you have a really good reason to rid yourself of an extremity.

Ours are very calm badgers.

Not asbo badgers.

Asbo badgers would be a bit scary.... They're well armed with all those teeth and claws

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 19:14:58

That's ferrets, badgers wife.

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Thu 06-Jun-13 19:15:02

I was talking about this very thing just a couple of days ago!

In my head they're only a little smaller than a ferret.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one. Was there a children's story or something that gave us all unrealistic weasel expectations as adults?!

GobblersKnob Thu 06-Jun-13 19:16:14

I have touched a stuffed bagder.

I used to have a toy badger and his bum got singed on the gas fire, it really was 'as rough as a badgers arse' grin

Badgerwife Thu 06-Jun-13 19:16:35

And Googling weasels doesn't help give you an idea of their sizes either

It was a stuffed badger. Didn't have its own trailer on set or anything.

The CGI company asked to borrow it through an intermediary and wouldn't say exactly what they were using it for.

You need a proper licence to lend or borrow even a stuffed badger.

Youknow... Farthing wood friends! The weasels were massive

Facelikeafriendlyapple Thu 06-Jun-13 19:17:05

How are you with ferrets OP?

Hassled Thu 06-Jun-13 19:17:18

grin

I'd rather think of badgers as mythical creatures - like unicorns, or summat.

GobblersKnob Thu 06-Jun-13 19:17:41

'Cat Found'

Bahahahahahahaha

Farthing Wood was written by a man, wasn't it?

(This comment has potential for crossover with the 'you feminists drag feminism into everything' brigade).

Hassled Thu 06-Jun-13 19:18:06

So what are we saying here - weasels are the size of rats, basically? Well fed rats?

Badgerwife Thu 06-Jun-13 19:18:09

ferrets!!!!!! Bloody hell, I never knew. I thought they were the same thing. Ferrets look exactly the same though, just giant-sized

Weasels have the greatest variations in size of all European mammals, so the confusion is understandable.

No, they're tiny, hassled. Much much tiner than rats.

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 19:18:56

I can cope with ferrets. They are ferret sized.

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Thu 06-Jun-13 19:19:40

Summer rain that could be it, but I only read the (pictureless) books as a child. And I'd seen weasels lots.

Why?! Why are they so tiny? I think they've changed.

Or maybe I got bigger.

Hassled Thu 06-Jun-13 19:20:28

<head explodes>

MoDiddly Thu 06-Jun-13 19:21:25

Ahem....been waiting many years to use this little gem in context.

A stoat can be easily told from a weasel
by the simple fact
that its tail is blacked
and its figure is slightly the bigger!

<waits for applause>

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Thu 06-Jun-13 19:21:38

Mink are too tiny too.

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Thu 06-Jun-13 19:21:41

You'd have to take a rat, use an apple corer on it lengthwise and the core you have left would be a weasel.

cardamomginger Thu 06-Jun-13 19:22:50

Now I've given it some thought, I agree. I feel similarly about raccoons. Much, much bigger than they should be.

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 19:23:08

So

Weasels are a head fuck
Giraffes eyes are wrong
And
Badgers are mythological creatures

Oh and according to LRD the author of Farthing would got weasel confused with penis. grin

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